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My Story Started at GRCC: Golfer Arie Jackman continues to thrive, winning prestigious Michigan Medal Play Championship

May 15, 2023, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Former Grand Rapids Community College golfer Arie Jackman this weekend won the Michigan Medal Play Championship, one of the state’s most prestigious amateur tournaments.

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According to Jim Young of, Jackman started the event at the Detroit Golf Club slowly, then “blistered” the course in the later rounds to catch, then pass leader Drew Miller with two rounds of 63 strokes.  

GRCC golf coach John Forton said the Michigan Medal Play tournament is a “very prestigious amateur event in the state of Michigan.” The 72-hole event was founded in 1964

Jackman, a Caledonia native, didn’t start playing in tournaments until he was 16. He joined the GRCC team for the 2020-2021 season and thrived.

Jackman was named the team’s captain and shot a 224 to capture medalist honors and win by eight strokes at the Michigan Community College Athletic Association championship in 2022.

His time at GRCC included earning All-MCCAA and All-Region honors and maintaining a 3.75 grade point average. He finished the 2021-2022 season ranked No. 82 in the NJCAA Division I and II.

Jackman was recruited by Central Michigan University to play on the university’s first golf team in 37 years. CMU, in Mt. Pleasant competes in the Mid-American Conference in the NCAA's Division I.

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